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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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For 21 years I had the privilege of being a Navy wife. And now, I get to be a Navy mom. Chris will head out tomorrow for boot camp in Great Lakes, IL. for 8 weeks, then to Pensacola, FL where he will learn to be an Aviation Electrician. Bill, Rachel, and I are so proud and excited for him and can't wait to see where this journey takes him. Go Navy!

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I believe he is.... thank you so much!

So glad you found yours!

No matter how much experience one has or how proud, it is still very hard to see your son go. Hang in there.

My son leaves April 9, one month from today.  I've seen all the "official" advice of what to do in the last month, but am wondering what someone in your position would suggest.  If you had it to do over again what would you be sure to do during your son's last month home?

My son was away at college for five years.  Every time he returned, we took some family trip, we ate at a lot of his favorite restaurants here, and I cooked some of his favorite foods.  We did pretty much the same thing before he left.  He enjoyed it and so did we.  We are accustomed to him being away but this time it's much more permanent.  We realize that he is embarking on his life and are happy for his choice of the Navy.

just take lots of pictures spend time with him and don't let him see you cry... he is nervous and excited so encourage him as much as possible talk about important things tell him you love him as often as you can

My son left Feb 25th and will go to Virginia to A school after boot camp.  I'm having a hard time adjusting and can't imagine how he's adjusting.  I think that is what is hardest, not hearing from him and the leaving the nest syndrome all at once.  I am very proud of him and also so excited to see his future unfold.  Grateful he's giving his life, (like all the others are), for our country and cannot describe the emotions that go along with it.  Can't wait for graduation as well! Glad this site was created and the unique support it brings.

By now you know your SR's PIR date, go to and join the group for that. If you don't know the PIR date, join the group, DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in February, to connect with others with loved ones who left the same day and may have PIR together. I also invite you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) there.

My son is also an AE.  Graduated boot camp 7/3/13, A school in Pensacola 1/24/14, and is now in San Diego for C school.  Will report to his duty station in Pax River, MD 3/21.  Blessings to your SR, to you and your family.  Thanks for your years of service!

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my son shipped out Thursday March 6th 2014 his A school is in great lakes Il so after boot he will remain there for 26 weeks before going to his duty station. this is new for me I have family who have served but this is different. I look forward to seeing my son fulfill his dream successfully.


My son left this morning to meet with his recruiter. He will fly into Great Lakes tomorrow to start his 8 weeks at boot camp. He is my oldest of my two boys but none the less my heart is flooded with emotions...both happy and sad. I held on tight as I hugged him today and didn't want to let go but I had too. The tears haven't stopped yet... my eyes are flooding. I cannot wait for these 8 weeks to fly by so I can once again wrap my arms around his neck. After BC he will head back to Charleston, SC to start the nuke program. May we all be blessed and surrounded with love while we take this life journey with our children.  


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